It is so funny to look back at our first experience of having our first baby and realizing how many things we just didn’t know. If you are a first time Mom, let me tell you that you can’t have all the answers. It took me a while to realize that and that is part of life. But one question I wish I would have answered before my first child was to consider which type of breast pump I should get. A friend mentioned that health insurance would cover a breast pump as part of the Affordable Care Act (PPACA). It was summer time and our little girl was born at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis Maryland. We had the major insurance carrier for the area, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield, so we thought it would be easy to receive a breast pump. It really wasn’t as it was hard to locate a provider and I was overwhelmed by the choices.
So, what breast pump is right for you?
It will depend on a number of different factors and it is important to first understand not all pumps are created equal.
There are three kinds of pumps:
- For occasional use. It is always good to have a breast pump, even for Moms who plan to breastfeed 100% of the time. You will want this type of pump for times when you are sick or are out for an extended time, such as a date night.
- For regular use. Are you a mother who enjoys breastfeeding, has already established a good milk supply and has a baby who is nursing well? If you will be separated from your baby because of work or school, you will need a dependable and efficient electric double pump most likely.
- For mothers who have not yet established a milk supply and/or whose baby is less than 8 weeks old. This is common if a mother is having difficulty nursing or in instances of a premature baby, or perhaps a physical anomaly such as cleft palate.
Need more information?
If you want to know more about choosing or using a pump, storing your milk, or if you have other breastfeeding concerns, then contact us and we would be happy to advise you.
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